Archive for the ‘Iain Hunter’ Category

wsj: “At 73, Whitlock ran a marathon in 2:54:49…At 80, he clocked in at 3:15:54…[He ran] a 1:50:47 half marathon—at age 85.”

March 14, 2017

Farewell to Running’s Great Gandalf – -Beloved master’s marathoner Ed Whitlock dies at 86—first 70-something to run a sub three-hour marathon; ran 3:54 in October at age 85.

“A Year of Brutal Training for Racing in the Andes – A Boston biotech executive leaves nothing to chance as he prepares for the Roving Race in the Andes” (Updated)

February 12, 2017


Dr. Bermingham, 44, has embarked on a yearlong training program to prepare for the Roving Race, a grinding, weeklong outdoor competition that changes location every year. In November, Dr. Bermingham heads to Patagonia, where he will run 25 miles a day over rough terrain for four days—followed by a 50 mile overnight stretch. (The final day is a mere 6 miles.) Organizers expect 250 to 300 participants from 40 countries.

Update (20170213)

Added article excerpt.

A hard lesson to learn: “You can either rest properly now, or you can turn a one-week injury into a six-week injury…”

February 8, 2017

wsj: Marathon Advice Straight From the 1970s – – A father’s journal guides his daughter’s first attempt at the New York City Marathon

October 25, 2016

If I can get healthy, get over my current running injury and avoid future ones, training for and running a marathon could be a good thing for me . . .


As a form of encouragement, my father, now an avid swimmer, sent the journal he kept at the time of his first marathon—a spiral “Perfect Penmanship” blue notebook with Running 1978 written and underlined on the cover . . .

Its yellowed pages, taped newspaper clippings and hand-drawn charts are record-keeping of a bygone era devoid of connected fitness gadgets. Each dated entry—there are more than 200—has the mileage marked on the left column. There is an illustrated map of his go-to run around a local reservoir.

“The Runaway Bookshelf – – How does running—a sport that requires little more than a pair of sneakers—inspire so many new books every year?” (Wall Street Journal)

May 23, 2016